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What's New in 2012 

■ Any member of the U.S. military currently assigned as a patient to a 
Warrior Transition Brigade, Warrior Transition Unit or a military medical 
center now may take fish, live bait, clams, mussels, turtles and frogs 
without permit. However, a trout permit or daily tag is needed in areas 
where prescribed. See Page 2. 

■ The use of porous-soled waders or footwear with soles of felted, matted 
or woven fibrous material is prohibited at trout parks and in certain trout 
streams to prevent the spread of didymo, an invasive alga. See Page 16. 

■ Live crayfish may no longer be purchased for bait. See Page 12. 



Contents 

Sport Fishing in Missouri 1 

Permits: General Information 2 

Purchasing Permits 3 

Missouri Fishing Permits 4 

General Fishing Rules 6 

Game Fish 8 

Nongame Fish 10 

Live Bait 12 

Bullfrogs and Green Frogs 14 

Mussels and Clams 14 

Turtles 14 

Trout Fishing Areas 16 

Reciprocal Fishing Privileges 21 

Illustrated Guide to the Fishes of Missouri 22 

How to Measure a Fish 27 

Special Area Regulations 28 

Large Reservoirs 28 

Rivers and Streams 31 

Contact Information 41 

Fish Consumption Advisory 42 

Definitions 44 

Think You Have a Record? 44 



Note: According to rule 3 CSR 10-5.21 6 of the Wildlife Code, if you have 
been convicted of multiple or major violations of the Wildlife Code in the 
past five years, the Conservation Commission may consider suspending or 
revoking your hunting, trapping and/or fishing privileges regardless of any 
previous court action. The point system the Commission uses to assess 
Wildlife Code violations is explained at mdc.mo.gov/node/16861. 



Sport Fishing in Missouri 

When it comes to fishing, Missouri has a 
lot to offer. While there are more than 200 
species of fish in the Show-Me State, anglers 
focus on only about two dozen. Seasons 
are long, and daily limits are generous. 
Regulations exist to improve and maintain 
the quality of fishing, ensure that everyone 
has an equal chance of catching fish, and 
protect aquatic resources. 

The Wildlife Code of Missouri is a 
permissive code. This means that you may 
take or attempt to take only those species 
of fish and other aquatic wildlife permitted 
by the Code, and only by those methods, 
and only at the times and under the 
circumstances mentioned. As one angler 
put it: "If they don't say you can, you can't!" 

A permissive code means that rather than giving you an endless list of "thou 
shalt nots," we tell you what you may do. The reason for this is to make access to 
Missouri fishing as fair and as uncomplicated as possible. 

ATV Users: Don't risk losing your fishing 
and hunting privileges! 

To help protect fish and other aquatic wildlife, it is illegal for anyone (except 
landowners and lessees on land they own or lease and some agricultural workers) 
to drive ATVs in Missouri's streams and rivers unless the ATV is on a crossing 
that is part of the highway system. Violators could lose their fishing and hunting 
privileges. 



In Your Hands 

The information in this 
booklet is only a summary of 
the fishing rules and contains 
only those rules that affect 
the ordinary sport angler. 
It is NOT a legal document 
and is subject to revision 
during the current year. 
Refer to the Wildlife Code 
of Missouri or the Missouri 
Code of State Regulations 
for complete rules at www. 
sos.mo.gov/adrules/csr/ 
current/3csr/3csr.asp. 



Help a new angler 
discover the fun of fishing. 

Free Fishing Days, June 9 and 1 0, 
201 2, are a great time to introduce 
family and friends to the joys of 
fishing. No permits or prescribed 
area daily fishing tags are required 
for that weekend. 

Along with the fish, you'll catch 
some priceless memories. 

Visit mdc.mo.gov/fishing for 
more information. 



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Permits: General Information 

Everyone who fishes must have the appropriate lifetime, annual or daily fishing 
permit or qualify for an exemption. The following qualify for an exemption, but 
must purchase a daily trout fishing tag or trout permit when or where required: 

■ Any Missouri resident landowner and resident lessee of land, and all members 
of their immediate households (see definition on Page 45), when fishing on the 
land they own or on which they lease and reside 

■ Any Missouri resident (whether or not meeting the definition of a landowner) 
who owns land that completely encloses a body of water, or any member of his 
or her immediate household, when fishing in those waters 

■ Any Missouri resident 65 years of age or older 

■ Any person (resident or nonresident) 1 5 years of age or younger. Youngsters 
fishing without a permit are limited to the following methods: pole and line, 
gig, bow, crossbow, snaring, grabbing and snagging. 

■ Any Missouri resident with a visual acuity not exceeding 20/200 in the better 
eye with maximum correction, or having 20 degree or less field of visual 
concentric contraction. Must carry a certified statement of eligibility from a 
licensed ophthalmologist, optometrist or physician 

■ Any Missouri resident who is so severely and permanently disabled as to be 
unable to move freely without the aid of a wheelchair. Must carry a certified 
statement of eligibility from a licensed physician 

■ Any Missouri resident with cerebral palsy or mental retardation as defined in 
Missouri Revised Statutes, section 630.005, and who is so severely disabled 
that he or she cannot fish alone. Must be accompanied by a licensed adult 
angler and possess a certified statement of eligibility from a licensed physician 
qualified to evaluate and treat the developmentally disabled 

■ Any resident or nonresident who is an honorably discharged veteran who has a 
service-related disability of 60 percent or greater, or who was a prisoner of war 
during military service. Must carry a certified statement of eligibility from the 
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 

■ New! Any member of the U.S. military currently assigned as a patient to a 
Warrior Transition Brigade, Warrior Transition Unit or a military medical center. 
Must carry orders showing assignment to a Warrior Transition Brigade or 
Warrior Transition Unit, or admissions verification to a military medical center 

Any person— without permit or prescribed area daily fishing tag— may fish during 
Free Fishing Days, June 9 and 10, 2012. Also, a fishing permit is not required to 
fish privately stocked waters. On private, licensed trout-fishing areas, customers 
and guests may fish for trout without a permit. 

Who may purchase resident permits? 

■ Any person who does not claim resident privileges in another state or country, 
and whose actual residence and legal permanent home address are both in 
Missouri, and have been for at least 30 days before applying for the permit. 
Owning real estate or attending a Missouri school does not in itself make you a 
legal resident. 

■ Missouri residents employed by the United States in the District of Columbia or 
serving in the U.S. armed forces. (Immediate family members who reside with 
them also may purchase resident permits.) 



■ All members of the U.S. armed forces residing in Missouri on permanent 
change of station status and immediate family members residing with them. 

■ Nonresidents who are registered students attending a public or private 
secondary, post secondary, or vocational school in Missouri and who live in 
Missouri while attending school; must carry evidence of a Missouri residence 
and student status while fishing. Note: Nonresident students who qualify for 
resident permits must purchase them at Conservation Department offices. 

■ Immigrants who possess an 1-551 Resident Alien Card and who do not claim 
resident privileges in another state or country, and whose actual residence and 
legal permanent home address are both in Missouri, and have been for at least 
30 days before applying for the permit. 

Permit Obligations 

Accepting a permit means that you: 

■ Agree to observe all the rules of the Wildlife Code. 

■ Will not loan your permit to another. 

■ Will allow inspection of your permit, picture identification, catch and 
equipment by an agent of the Conservation Department. 

■ Will sign and carry your permit while fishing. If you purchased your permit 
by telephone and have not received it by mail, you must carry the permit 
authorization number and picture identification with you while fishing until 
your permit arrives. 



Purchasing Permits 



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You may purchase fishing permits using any of 
the methods below. 

■ Over the counter from any permit vendor. 

■ By telephone at 800-392-4115. Use your credit 
card, and pay a $2 surcharge. Allow 10 days 
for delivery of your permits. 

■ Online using the e-Permits System at mdc.mo.gov/epermits. Use your credit 
card, and pay a $1 surcharge. Print your permit at home and have it in hand 
immediately. See the back cover of this booklet for more on e-Permits. 

The Missouri Conservation Heritage Card, a Missouri Conservation Number, social 
security number or driver's license is required to purchase all permits. 

The Conservation Heritage Card looks similar to a credit card and stores 
information that can speed up the permit-buying process. The Heritage Card 
also can be purchased to replace a lost hunter-education card when certification 
can be verified through Department records. Heritage Card owners receive a 
1 5 percent discount on selected merchandise sold at Conservation Department 
facilities. Heritage Cards can be purchased using any of the methods above. 
Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery. Note: The Heritage Card is not a permit. 

Lost permits can be replaced using any of the methods above. A replacement 
permit costs $2 plus any applicable surcharge. E-Permits can be saved on 
a personal computer and reprinted for free if the original permit is lost or 
damaged. As with other permits, e-Permits may not be shared, and additional 
copies of an e-Permit do not provide additional valid permits for the buyer or 
others to use. 



Missouri Fishing Permits 



Anglers have a variety of permits from which to choose. The permits, unless 
noted otherwise on the permit itself, are valid from date of purchase through 
the last day of February 2013. To pursue, take, possess and transport fish, live 
bait, mussels, clams, crayfish, frogs and turtles, you will need, unless otherwise 
exempted, one or more of the following: 

Daily Fishing Permit $7 

For fish, frogs, mussels, clams, turtles, crayfish and live bait. May be 
purchased by residents and nonresidents for multiple days. 

Resident Fishing Permit $12 

For fish, frogs, mussels, clams, turtles, crayfish and live bait. 

Resident Hunting and Fishing Permit $19 

For fish, frogs, mussels, clams, turtles, crayfish, live bait, birds (except turkey), 
mammals (except deer), and to sell furbearers taken by hunting. See hunting 
regulations booklets for additional permits needed to hunt migratory birds. 1 ' 23 

Resident National Guard and Reserve Service Small Game Hunting and Fishing Permit. . . $5 

For Missouri residents who are currently, or have in the previous 1 2 months, 
been mobilized and served on full-time active military duty in the National Guard 
(federal status) or reserve forces of the United States to take fish, frogs, mussels, 
clams, turtles, crayfish, live bait, birds (except turkey), mammals (except deer), 
and to sell furbearers taken by hunting. 1 ' 23 
To apply, fill out an application, which is available: 

• At mdc.mo.gov/9213. • By calling 573-522-4115, ext. 3579. 

• By writing to National Guard Permits, Missouri Department of Conservation, 
P.O. Box 180, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0180. Allow 10 days after sending in 
your application for your permit to be delivered. This permit is not available 
at vendors or online. 

Nonresident Fishing Permit $42 

For fish, frogs, mussels, clams, turtles, crayfish and live bait. 

Trout Permit 

Age 16 and older $7 

Age 15 and younger $3.50 

To possess trout, except in trout parks where a daily trout fishing tag is required. 

A Trout Permit is required for all winter fishing in trout parks and for all fishing 

year 'round in Lake Taneycomo upstream from the U.S. Highway 65 bridge. Must 

also have a fishing permit or qualify for an exemption. 

White River Border Lakes Permit $10 

Allows Missouri and Arkansas residents to pursue, take, possess (except trout) 
and transport fish, frogs, mussels, clams, turtles, crayfish and live bait from the 
other state's portion of the impounded waters of Bull Shoals, Norfork and Table 
Rock lakes without purchasing a Nonresident Fishing Permit. Must also have a 
fishing permit or qualify for an exemption issued by the state of residence. 



1 A federal duck stamp is required for hunting waterfowl. 

2 A Conservation Order Permit is required to take snow, blue and Ross's geese during the Conservation 
Order. 

3 A Migratory Bird Hunting Permit is required for hunting waterfowl, doves, snipe, woodcock and rails. 







Lifetime permits show 
commitment to conservation. 

For anglers who want to make a long-term 
commitment to supporting Missouri wildlife, the 
following permits are available. 

Lifetime permits are available to Missouri 
residents only. Proof of residency, such as a photocopy of a valid Missouri 
driver's license, is required. For children under the age of 18, the parents' 
residency will be used. 

All lifetime permit holders receive a durable plastic permit card to carry in 
the field and special mailings to keep them updated on seasons, regulation 
changes and other information. 

Lifetime permits cannot be purchased at permit vendors, by telephone or 
through the online e-Permits System. 

You must apply for lifetime permits by filling out a lifetime permit form. 
Get the form: 

■ Online at mdc.mo.gov/8849. 

■ By calling 573-522-4115, ext. 3574. 

■ By writing to Lifetime Permits, Missouri Department of Conservation, 
P.O. Box 180, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0180. 

Please allow 10 days after sending in your application for your permit to 
be delivered. 

Resident Lifetime Fishing Permit — This permit carries the same privileges 
as the Resident Fishing Permit and the Trout Permit. 

Age 1 5 and younger $275 

Age 1 6-29 $400 

Age 30-39 $350 

Age 40-59 $300 

Age 60 and older $35 

Resident Lifetime Conservation Partner Permit — This permit carries the 
same privileges as the Resident Hunting and Fishing Permit, Trout Permit, 
Migratory Bird Hunting Permit and Conservation Order Permit. Deer and 
turkey hunting privileges are not included. A federal duck stamp is required 
for hunting waterfowl. 

Age 1 5 and younger $550 

Age 1 6-29 $800 

Age 30-39 $700 

Age 40-59 $600 

Age 60 and older $70 



General Rules 

Methods 

You may take fish by pole and line, trotline, throwline, limb line, bank line and 
jug line. Ice fishing tackle, or tip-ups, are considered a pole-and-line method. 

Certain species in designated waters may be taken by the use of bow, 
crossbow, gig, atlatl, snare or by underwater spearfishing, snagging or grabbing. 
(See Page 10 for nongame fish regulations.) However, game fish not hooked in 
the mouth or jaw must be returned to the water unharmed immediately, except 
paddlefish legally taken during the paddlefish snagging season. All of the above 
methods of taking fish are considered sport fishing methods. See pages 44-45 for 
method definitions. 

If you use more than 3 poles (or two poles on the Mississippi River) at any 
one time, the additional poles must be labeled with your full name and address, 
or Conservation Number. Regardless of the method or number of poles, you 
may not use more than a total of 33 hooks at any one time; except on the 
Mississippi River the maximum is 50 hooks at one time (see hook, and pole and 
line definitions on pages 44-45). If fishing on the Mississippi River and on other 
Missouri waters at the same time, no more than 50 hooks may be used and not 
more than 33 on waters other than the Mississippi. Hooks on trotlines must be 
staged at least 2 feet apart. Hooks on any type of line, as well as the line itself, 
must be attended every 24 hours or removed. 

No one may use any explosive, poison, chemical or electrical equipment to 
kill or stupefy fish. Such material or equipment may not even be possessed 
on waters of the state or adjacent banks. Spearguns may not be possessed on 
unimpounded waters or adjacent banks, and spears may not be propelled by 
explosives. It also is illegal to attempt to take fish by hand, with or without a 
hook, and to intentionally leave or abandon any commonly edible portion of any 
fish. 

Fish traps, including slat and wire ones, may not be possessed on waters in 
Missouri or on adjacent banks. However, live-bait traps are allowed. See live-bait 
section on Page 12. 

Labels required: You must place a tag of a durable material with your full name 
and address, or Conservation Number on live-bait traps, trotlines, throwlines, 
limb lines, bank lines, jug lines and live boxes. Your Conservation Number is 
nine digits long and can be found on your fishing permit or on the back of your 
Heritage Card. 

Use of lights: As an aid to fishing methods, an artificial light may be used only 
above the water surface. However, while fishing by pole and line only, underwater 
lights may be used to attract fish. Underwater lights also may be used when 
bowfishing on lakes, ponds and other impoundments. 

Daily and Possession Limits 

You may possess no more than the daily limit of any given species while you 
are on waters, or on the banks of waters, where daily limits for those species 
apply. Where only catch-and-release fishing is allowed, fish must be returned 
unharmed immediately to the water after being caught. See culling regulations 
on Page 40. 



Jug Line Regulations 



Anchored jug lines may not be left unattended for more than 24 hours. The 
anchor must be sufficient to render a jug immobile so that wind, current or 
large fish will not move the jug. A line that does not meet this standard is 
considered unanchored. Under normal fishing conditions, a 2-pound weight 
for a 2-liter soda bottle would be an appropriate anchor. Use a heavier 
weight to anchor larger floats or during times of high wind and current. 
Keeping track of your unanchored jug lines reduces catfish waste and 
jug-line litter. Unanchored jug lines in streams must be personally attended 
at all times. Unanchored jug lines in lakes must be personally attended at 
least once per hour. Anglers who cannot personally attend their jug lines can 
still enjoy jug fishing by using anchors. Personally attended means that the 
angler whose name is labeled on the jug line: 

■ Is in visual sight of and close proximity to the jug line, 

■ Can see the jug line bob and move when a fish is hooked and can 
retrieve it, 

■ Can see and talk to a conservation agent checking the line, and 

■ Can get the attention of or deter anyone who is tampering with the jug line. 



The possession limit is twice the statewide daily limit. See pages 8 and 10. 
Fish you take and possess must be kept separate or distinctly identifiable from 
fish taken by another person. If you are away from your catch, the device holding 
the fish must be plainly labeled with your full name and address. 

Length Limits 

■ A minimum length limit means that fish below a designated length must be 
returned to the water unharmed immediately after being caught. 

■ A slot length limit or protected length range means that fish within a 
designated length range must be returned to the water unharmed immediately 
after being caught. 

■ A maximum length limit means that fish above a designated length must be 
returned to the water unharmed immediately after being caught. 

See Page 27 for details on how to measure fish. 

Regardless of where taken, fish that are not of a legal length cannot be possessed 
on the waters or banks where length limits apply. The head and tail must remain 
attached to the fish while you are fishing on waters where length limits apply. 

Transportation 

The fish you catch in Missouri, or elsewhere, may be possessed and transported 
as your personal baggage, if you have the required permit. Fish may be stored, 
preserved or refrigerated only at your home, camp, place of lodging or in a 
commercial establishment. Stored fish must be labeled with your full name, 
address, permit number, species of fish and the date placed in storage. Fish taken 
in another state by methods not permitted in Missouri may not be possessed on 
waters of the state. 



Game Fish 

The fish species listed below may be pursued and taken by pole and line, trotline, 
throwline, limb line, bank line and jug line. Paddlefish may be taken by snagging 
and grabbing from March 15 to April 30. See Page 37 for special regulations for 
paddlefish on the Mississippi River. Game fish are defined on Page 44. 

Seasons and limits apply statewide unless the body of water has special 
regulations as listed on pages 16-20 and 28-40 or if the area is posted with 
special regulations. 



Species 


Open Season 


Daily 
Limit 


Length Limit 


Black bass 

(largemouth, 

smallmouth, 

spotted/ 

Kentucky) 


From impoundments 


all year 


6 1 


none 1 


From Ozark streams 2 


May 26, 2012- 
Feb. 28, 2013 


12" minimum 


From other streams 2 


all year 


12" minimum 


Catfish 


Channel 


all year 


10 1 


none 1 


Blue 


all year 


5 1 


none 1 


Flathead 


all year 


5 1 


none 1 


Crappie (black and white) 


all year 


30 1 


none 1 


Muskellunge 


all year 


l 6 


36" minimum 1 


Northern pike 


all year 


l 6 


none 


Paddlefish (spoonbill) 5 


March 15- 
April 30 1 


2 1 


24" minimum 1 


Pickerel (chain and grass) 


all year 


6 


none 


Goggle-eye (rock bass) and warmouth 


all year 


15 


none 1 


Shovelnose sturgeon 34 


all year 1 


10 1 


30" maximum 


Trout 


all year 


4 1 


Rainbow: 
none 1 

Brown: 

15" minimum 

in streams 


Walleye and sauger 


all year 5 


4 1 


15" minimum 1 


White, yellow and striped bass and 
their hybrids 


all year 


15 1 


no more than 

4 longer than 

18" 1 



Conservation Area Regulations Available Online 

Before traveling to your favorite conservation area to fish, check the online 
regulations database at mdc.mo.gov/atlas. 



Area where 
black bass can 
only be taken from 
streams from 
May 26, 2012- 
Feb. 28, 2013. 
Also see 
Footnote 2. 



Footnotes for Chart on Page 8 

1 Applies on all waters, with the exception of those with more specific regulations 
found on pages 16-20 and 28-40 and on areas that are posted with special 
regulations. 

2 Black bass fishing and possession 
is open year 'round on the 
Mississippi River, all waters north 
of the south bank of the Missouri 
River, the St. Francis River 
downstream from Wappapello 
Dam and on streams in that 
portion of southeast Missouri 
bounded by a line from Cape 
Girardeau following Missouri 
highways 74 and 25, U.S. 
highways 60, 67 and 160, and 
the west bank of the Little Black 
River to the Arkansas state line. 
In the rest of the state referred 
to as the Ozarks, black bass from 
streams may not be possessed 
from March 1-May 25. 

3 Extracted paddlefish and shovelnose sturgeon eggs may not be possessed while on 
waters of the state or adjacent banks, and may not be transported. They also may 
not be bought, sold or offered for sale. 

4 Shovelnose sturgeon must remain intact while on waters of the state or adjacent 
banks. 

5 From Feb. 20 through April 14, walleye and sauger can be taken and possessed 
only between 1/2 hour before sunrise and 1/2 hour after sunset in the unimpounded 
portions of all streams, except the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. To calculate 

the sunrise and sunset times in your area, visit www.usno.navy.mil/USNO/ 
astronomical-applications or pick up a copy of the Wildlife Code of Missouri, 
which is available at permit vendors. 

6 Daily limit is 1 muskellunge or 1 northern pike. 




Stop Rock Snot 



Didymo, or rock snot, is a single-celled alga 
that can take over a stream making it impossi- 
ble to fish. Help keep rock snot out of Missouri. 
Use wader wash stations at trout areas before 
entering a stream. Check your waders and fish- 
ing gear for algae. Clean all gear in a 2 percent 
bleach solution or with dishwashing detergent, 
or dry any item that's been in the water by 
exposing it to sunlight for 48 hours. Note: To 
minimize the spread of didymo, porous-soled 
waders (see Page 1 6) are prohibited in trout 
parks and certain trout streams as specified on 
pages 18-20 and 29-40. 




Nongame Fish 



Nongame fish include bluegill, green sunfish, carp, carpsuckers, suckers, buffalo, 
drum, gar and all other species other than those defined as game fish or listed as 
endangered. Nongame fish may be taken as described in the chart. See Special 
Area Regulations on pages 28-40 for restrictions on certain waters. 



Method 



Season 



Time 6 



Location 



Pole and 
line, trotline, 
throwline, 
limb line, 
bank line, 
jug line 



all year 



24 hours 



streams and impounded 
waters 



Underwater 
spear 



all year 



sunrise 
to sunset 



impounded waters and 
temporary overflow of a 
river or ditch 



Bow 



April 1-Jan. 31 



24 hours 



impounded waters 



Feb. 1 -March 31 



sunrise to 
midnight 



impounded waters 



sunrise to 
midnight 



streams, except portions 
of Missouri, Mississippi, 
St. Francis rivers (see 
pages 37 and 39) 



all year 



24 hours 



portions of Missouri, 
Mississippi and St. Francis 
rivers (see pages 37 and 
39) 



sunrise 
to sunset 



temporary overflow of a 
river or ditch 



Crossbow 



all year 



sunrise 
to sunset 



impounded waters and 
temporary overflow of a 
river or ditch 



Gig, atlatl 5 



Sept. 15-Jan. 31 



sunrise to 
midnight 



streams and impounded 
waters 



Feb. 1-Sept. 14 



sunrise 
to sunset 



impounded waters 



all year 



sunrise 
to sunset 



temporary overflow of a 
river or ditch 



Snagging, 
grabbing 5 



March 15-May 15 
Sept. 15-Jan. 31 3 ' 4 



24 hours 



streams and impounded 
waters 



all year 



sunrise 
to sunset 



temporary overflow of a 
river or ditch 



Snaring 5 



March 15-May 15 
Sept. 15-Jan. 31 3 ' 4 



24 hours 



streams and impounded 
waters 



10 



■ There is no limit on goldfish and bighead, common, grass and silver carp. 

■ Bighead carp, common carp, grass carp and silver carp can be taken by hand 
net. Those that jump from the water into a boat or on land may also be taken 
and possessed in any number. 

■ Bowfin must remain whole and intact while on state waters or adjacent banks. 

Footnotes for Chart on Page 10 

1 The possession limit is twice the daily limit, except on the Mississippi River which 
has a daily and possession limit of 100. Goldfish, bighead carp, common carp, 
grass carp and silver carp may be possessed in any numbers and do not count in 
the daily or possession limit. 

2 The daily limit is the combined total of all nongame species, except that goldfish, 
bighead carp, common carp, grass carp and silver carp may be possessed in any 
numbers and do not count in the daily or possession limit. On the Current River 
from Cedar Grove downstream to Arkansas line, only 5 hogsuckers may be included 
in a daily limit. 

3 In the Osage River downstream from U.S. Highway 54 to the Missouri River and in 
the Lake of the Ozarks and Truman Lake, nongame fish may be taken by snagging, 
snaring and grabbing from March 15 through April 30. 

4 On the Mississippi River, nongame fish may be taken by snagging, snaring and 
grabbing from March 15 through May 15 and Sept. 15 through Dec. 15. 

5 On Lake of the Ozarks and its tributaries, Osage River below U.S. Highway 54 and 
Truman Lake and its tributaries, gigging, snaring and snagging for any species is 
not allowed after taking and possessing the daily limit of 2 paddlefish. 

6 For sunrise and sunset tables, go to www.usno.navy.mil/USNO/astronomical- 

applications or pick up a copy of the Wildlife Code of Missouri where permits are 
sold. 



Giggers, Anglers: 
Protect Hellbenders 




Hellbenders are harmless, 

nonpoisonous aquatic salamanders 

that live in clear, swift-flowing 

rivers and streams throughout the 

Ozarks. These large amphibians, 11-20 inches long, live under large flat 

rocks, venturing out at night to feed. Ninety percent of a hellbender's diet is 

crayfish, but occasionally they feed on minnows and earthworms. 

Due to declines in hellbender numbers, they are protected and cannot be 
taken from the wild or killed. 

If you catch one on hook and line, release it unharmed by gently 
removing the hook or simply cutting the line. 

If you gig fish or frogs, remember it is illegal to gig hellbenders. 

Thank you for helping to protect this unique Ozark amphibian, which is 
part of our natural heritage. Report sighting by calling 573-522-4115, 
ext. 3201. 



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Live Bait 

Live bait includes: crayfish, freshwater shrimp, southern leopard frogs, plains 
leopard frogs, cricket frogs and nongame fish. Bullfrogs and green frogs taken 
under season limits and methods listed on Page 1 4 also may be used as bait. 

■ Bighead carp and silver carp may not be used as live bait but may be used as 
dead or cut bait. 

■ Live bait taken from public waters of Missouri may not be sold or transported 
from the state. 

■ Game fish or their parts may not be used as bait. 

■ New! Live crayfish may no longer be purchased for bait. Frozen or preserved 
crayfish still may be purchased for bait, and live crayfish may be taken for bait 
under the methods and limits listed below. 

Don't Dump Dait! 

It is illegal to dump bait into Missouri waters. 



Throw unused bait in the trash 

Unwanted animals and plants can invade local 
water, damage habitat and ruin your fishing. 

To learn more about protecting Missouri's 
streams, rivers and lakes from invasive 
species, visit www.missouriconservation.org. 




Serving nature and you 



Great Lakes Network 




Methods 

■ Live bait may be taken by trap, dip net, throw net, pole and line or seine. 

■ Live-bait traps must have a throat opening not more than 1 V2 inches in any 
dimension, and must be labeled with the user's full name and address, or 
Conservation Number. 

■ Traps must be removed if they cannot be checked at least once every 24 hours. 

■ Seines must not be more than 20 feet long and 4 feet deep, with a mesh of not 
more than V2 inch bar measure. 

■ Live bait, except fish, may be taken by hand. 

■ Crayfish also may be taken by trap with an opening not to exceed 1 V2 inches 
by 1 8 inches. 

Length Limits 

■ All bluegill, green sunfish and bullheads more than 5 inches long and other 
species of nongame fish more than 1 2 inches long must be returned to the 
water unharmed immediately after being caught by any of the methods listed 
above except pole and line. The daily limits for nongame fish apply to the large 
fish taken by pole and line. 

■ There is no length limit on bighead carp, common carp, gizzard shad, goldfish, 
grass carp and silver carp when used as bait. 

Seasons: Live bait may be taken throughout the year. 



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Daily Limit 

■ A combined total of 1 50 crayfish, freshwater shrimp and non-game fish 

■ 5 each of southern leopard frog, plains leopard frog and cricket frog 

■ A combined total of 8 bullfrogs and green frogs. Bullfrogs and green frogs may 
be taken only from sunset June 30 through Oct. 31 . See Page 14. 

■ Any number of goldfish and bighead, common, grass and silver carp 

■ Any number of live bait, when purchased or obtained from a source other than 
the waters of the state or a licensed commercial fisherman; must be species on 
the Approved Aquatic Species List and angler must carry a dated receipt for the 
bait 

Other Species That May be Used as Bait 

■ Nongame fish of any size, except bowfin, if taken according to the methods 
and seasons listed on Page 10 

■ Mussels and clams legally taken by sport fish methods 




Frogs included as live bait 





Bullfrog 



Greenfrog 



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Bullfrogs and Green Frogs 



Methods: Bullfrogs and green frogs may be taken by hand, hand net, atlatl, gig, 
bow, trotline, throwline, limb line, bank line, jug line, snagging, snaring, grabbing 
or pole and line. An artificial light may be used. 

Season: Sunset June 30 through Oct. 31 

Note: On June 30, 2012, sunset is at 8:37 p.m. daylight saving time in Jefferson 
City and points on the same longitude north and south. For calculating other 
locations, go to www.usno.navy.mil/USNO/astronomical-applications. This 
information can also be found in the Wildlife Code of Missouri, which is available 
at permit vendors. 

Daily limit: 8, combined total of both species 

Mussels and Clams 

Methods and season: May be taken by hand, hand net or pole and line 
throughout the year 

Daily limit: 5, combined total of all species (except Asiatic clams, which may be 
taken and possessed in any number). This limit applies to live and dead animals. 
Two shell halves (valves) shall be considered 1 mussel or clam. 

Mussels listed in the Missouri Species and Communities of Conservation Concern 
Checklist may not be taken or possessed. The checklist is online at 
mdc.mo.gov/node/4070. 

Turtles 

Methods: Common snapping turtles and soft-shelled turtles may be taken by 
hand, hand net, bow, crossbow, trotline, throwline, limb line, bank line, jug line, 
snagging, snaring, grabbing or pole and line. Shooting turtles with firearms is 
prohibited. 

Seasons: Common snapping turtles throughout the year; soft-shelled turtles from 
July 1 through Dec. 31 

Note: There is NO open season on alligator snapping turtles. 

Daily limit: 5 common snapping turtles; 5 softshell turtles 



Report Stream Pollution 




If you find dead fish, leaking barrels 

of unknown chemicals, municipal or livestock lagoons 

discharging poorly treated effluent, broken pipelines or unauthorized 

dredging or bulldozing polluting a stream, report it as soon as possible to 

the Department of Natural Resources' 24-hour environmental emergency 

response number: 573-634-2436. 



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Know the differences between snapping turtles. 



Alligator Snapping Turtles 

• Found in southern, southeastern 
and eastern Missouri in large rivers, 
sloughs and oxbow lakes 

• Protected species, illegal to harvest 



Raised ridges on shell, more prominent in back 



Beak more pronounced 
than common snapping 
turtle 




Extra row of scales on side 



lound bumps 
on tail 



Common Snapping Turtles 

• Found statewide 

• Legal to harvest 



> Smooth shell on adults 
(young have rough shells) 



Beak smaller than 
alligator snapping 
turtle 




Sawtooth 
bumps on tail 



Alligator Snapping Turtle Hatchling 

• Typically orange-brown color 
•No white spots on shell 




Common Snapping Turtle Hatchling 

• Gray-brown color 

• White spots on edge and bottom of shell 




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Trout Fishing 



Missouri has several types of trout fishing areas, each with its own special rules. 
In addition to a fishing permit, you will need a trout permit to possess trout on all 
waters outside of the trout parks and a daily tag while fishing in the trout parks. 
Unless otherwise indicated, the season is open all year. 

New! To prevent the spread of didymo, an invasive alga, the use of shoes, 
boots or waders with porous soles of felt, matted or woven fibrous material is 
prohibited at all trout parks and where specified on pages 18-20 and 29-40. 

Trout Parks 

Maramec Spring Park, Bennett Spring State Park, Montauk State Park and 
Roaring River State Park are open and stocked daily from March 1 through 
Oct. 31 . Anglers need a fishing permit, unless exempt, as well as a daily trout 
tag. The daily trout tag is $3 for adults and $2 for those 15 and younger. 
Note: At Roaring River State Park, a daily tag or a trout permit may be used 
for fishing from the first bridge below the old dam in Zone 3 to the downstream 
park boundary. 

The daily limit is 4, and you must stop fishing for any species after having 4 
trout in possession. Area regulations, fishing methods and zones vary. Ask for 
details when you purchase your tag. 

Catch-and-release fishing only is available from Nov. 9, 2012, through 
Feb. 11, 2013. Maramec Spring Park is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The 
three state parks are open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday through Monday. 
A fishing permit, unless exempt, and a trout permit are required. Only flies may 
be used. 

Trout Management Categories for Ozark Streams 

Approximately 1 20 miles of Ozark streams provide quality trout angling. Below 
are the three types of management provided in these areas. See pages 1 8-20 for 
locations and regulations. 



Blue Ribbon Trout Areas include parts of large, cold rivers with excellent 
trout w habftat and smaller streams that support naturally reproducing rainbow 
trout. Harvest is limited to maintain the maximum density of adult trout, create 
excellent catch-and-release fishing and provide the occasional chance to harvest a 
trophy. These areas on the Current and North Fork of the White rivers are stocked 
with brown trout, and the Eleven Point River is stocked with rainbows. 



Red Ribbon Trout Areas have high-quality habitat stocked primarily with 
browns. They provide catch-and-release fishing and a chance to harvest quality- 
size trout. 

CjV_~^j White Ribbon Trout Areas are coldwater streams capable of supporting 
trout populations year 'round. All receive periodic stockings of rainbow trout, and 
some also receive brown trout. They provide great opportunities for catching and 
harvesting trout and the occasional chance to harvest a large trout. 

Winter Trout Fishing Areas 

Rainbow trout are stocked in the winter beginning in early November in the lakes 
listed in the following chart. Fishing is permitted year 'round during normal park 
or area hours. 



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Trout may be taken by pole and line using all types of lures and baits under statewide 
limits, except during the dates listed below. Trout permits are required if trout are kept. 



Kansas City Area 


• Fountain Bluff Sports Complex in 
Liberty 

• Chaumiere Lake in Kansas City 

• Coot and Plover lakes at the 
James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife 
Area 


year 
'round 


Statewide methods and limits 


St. Louis Area 


• Lakes 3, 22 and 23 at August A. 
Busch Memorial Conservation 
Area 


year 
'round 


• You must stop fishing for all 
species after having 4 trout in 
possession. 


Nov. 1- 
Jan. 31 


• Only 1 pole may be used. 

• Use of chum is prohibited. 


• Boathouse Lake in St. Louis 

• January- Wabash Park Lake in 
Ferguson 

• Carp and Island lakes in St. Louis 
County 

• Vlasis Park Lake in Ballwin 

• 0' Fallon Park Lake in St. Louis 


year 
'round 


• You must stop fishing for all 
species after having 4 trout in 
possession. 


Nov. 1- 
Jan. 31 


• Only 1 pole may be used. 

• Use of chum is prohibited. 


• Jefferson Lake in St. Louis 

• Koeneman Park Lake in Jennings 

• Lakes 21 and 28 at August A. 
Busch Memorial Conservation 
Area 

• Tilles Park Lake in St. Louis 
County 

• Walker Lake in Kirkwood 

• Wild Acres Park Lake in Overland 


Nov. 1- 
Jan. 31 


• Catch and release only for trout 

• Flies, artificial lures and 
unscented soft plastic baits only 

• Only 1 pole may be used. 

• Use of chum is prohibited. 


Feb. 1- 
Oct. 31 


• You must stop fishing for all 
species after having 4 trout in 
possession. 


Other Cities Around the State 


• McKay Park Lake in Jefferson City 

• Kiwanis Lake in Mexico 

• Liberty Park Pond in Sedalia 

• Spur Pond in Kirksville 

• Cosmo-Bethel Lake in Columbia 


Nov. 1- 
Jan. 31 


• Catch and release only for trout 

• Flies, artificial lures and 
unscented soft plastic baits only 


• Rotary Lake in Jackson 


Nov. 1- 
Jan. 31 


• Catch and release only for trout 

• Flies, artificial lures and 
unscented soft plastic baits only 

• Only 1 pole may be used. 

• Use of chum is prohibited. 


• Everyday Pond at Missouri 
Western State University in St. 
Joseph 


Oct. 16- 
Jan. 31 


• Catch and release only for all 
species including trout 


Nov. 1- 
Jan. 31 


• Flies, artificial lures and 
unscented soft plastic baits only 



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Trout Fishing in Ozark Streams and Lakes 



Area name and type 




Length 


Daily 


Authorized 


Directions and total miles 


County 


Limit 


Limit 


Lures 


Barren Fork Creek 12 <^pf4 








Artificial 


County Road A-D to its junction 


Shannon 


At least 18" 


1 


lures and 


with Sinking Creek — 3.2 miles 








flies 


Blue Springs Creek 1 2 <9^f4 








Artificial 


From Blue Springs to its junction 


Crawford 


At least 18" 


1 


lures and 


with Meramec River — 4 miles 








flies 


Capps Creek 12 ^C^ 




Rainbows: 






4 miles upstream from its 


Barry and 


none 


4 


All 


junction with Shoal Creek 


Newton 


Browns: 
at least 1 5" 






Crane Creek 12 <^^f4 








Artificial 


Upstream from Quail Spur Road 


Stone and 


At least 18" 


1 


lures and 


crossing on Stone County Road 


Lawrence 








13-195—8 miles 










Current River 12 <^^f4 










River and its tributaries from 


Dent and 






Artificial 


lower boundary of Montauk 


At least 18" 


1 


lures and 


State Park to Cedar Grove 








flies 


Bridge— 9 miles 










Current River 12 ^^r^ 

Downstream from Cedar Grove 




Rainbows: 






Dent and 


none 


4 


All 


Bridge crossing— 7.7 miles 


Shannon 


Browns: 
at least 15" 






Eleven Point River 12 <^^f4 








Artificial 


Greer Spring Branch junction to 


Oregon 


At least 18" 


1 


lures and 


Turner Mill Access — 5.5 miles 








flies 


Eleven Point River 1 ^s/^^ 










Downstream from Turner Mill 


Oregon 


None 


4 


All 


Access — 14.2 miles 










Hickory Creek 12 ^^r^ 

From Highway 86 bridge to 


Newton 


Rainbows: 


4 (from 


All (from 




none 


March 1- 


March 1- 


Shoal Creek— 2.7 miles 




Browns: 
at least 15" 


Oct. 31) 


Oct. 31) 




Catch and 


(from 


Artificial 






release 


Nov. 1- 
Feb. 28) 


lures and 

flies only 

from Nov. 1- 

Feb. 28 



Definitions of Blue, Red and White Ribbon Trout 
Management Areas are on Page 16. 



Don't trespass! Many trout streams flow through private land. 
Before entering, ask landowners for permission. 



Area name and type 
Directions and total miles 


County 


Length 
Limit 


Daily 
Limit 


Authorized 
Lures 


Lake Taneycomo and its 
tributaries 1234 

From the closed zone 760 feet 
below Table Rock Dam to the 
mouth of Fall Creek— 3 miles 


Taney 


Rainbows: 

less than 

12" or 

greater 

than 20" 

Browns: 

at least 20" 


4 
(only 1 
brown) 


Artificial 

lures and 

flies 


Lake Taneycomo 1234 

Mouth of Fall Creek to Powersite 
Dam and tributaries to Lake 
Taneycomo— 19.7 miles 


Taney 


Rainbows: 

none 

Browns: 

at least 20" 


4 
(only 1 
brown) 


All 


Little Piney Creek 1 2 *^f4 

From Phelps County line in 
Sections 9 and 16 of T35N, R8W, 
including Piney Spring Branch and 
Lane Spring Branch to Milldam 
Hollow Access— 9.9 miles 


Phelps 


At least 18" 


1 


Artificial 

lures and 

flies 


Little Piney Creek 1 2 ^^w^ 

Downstream of Milldam Hollow 
Access— 3.7 miles 


Phelps 


Rainbows: 

none 

Browns: 

at least 1 5" 


4 


All 


Meramec River 12 <^^f4 

From Highway 8 bridge to Scott's 
Ford and in Dry Fork Creek from 
the elevated cable crossing to its 
confluence with the Meramec 
River— 8.2 miles 


Phelps 

and 

Crawford 


At least 15" 


2 


Artificial 

lures and 

flies 


Mill Creek 12 <^H 

Yelton Spring to its junction 
with Little Piney Creek including 
Wilkins Spring and spring 
branch — 7.7 miles 


Phelps 


At least 18" 


1 


Artificial 

lures and 

flies 


Niangua River 12 ^C^ 

From Bennett Spring Branch to 
Prosperine Access — 11.5 miles of 
stocked stream 


Dallas 


Rainbows: 

none 

Browns: 

at least 1 5" 


4 


All 


North Fork, White River 12 <^f4 

Upper outlet of Rainbow Spring 
to Patrick Bridge— 8.6 miles 


Ozark 


At least 18" 


1 


Artificial 

lures and 

flies 



1 The use of porous-soled waders is prohibited. See Page 16. 

2 While on any waters with length limits, all trout you possess must be kept with head, tail and skin intact. 

3 Lake Taneycomo is stocked monthly with rainbow trout and annually with brown trout. 

4 Must also have trout permit upstream of U.S. Highway 65 bridge to fish for any species. 



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More Trout Fishing in Ozark Streams and Lakes 



Area name and type 
Directions and total miles 


County 


Length 
Limit 


Daily 
Limit 


Authorized 
Lures 


North Fork, White River 12 <^f4 

Unimpounded river and its 
tributaries from Patrick Bridge to 
Norfork Lake — 7.0 miles 


Ozark 


At least 15" 


2 


All 


Roaring River 12 ^^^C^rCJ 
From the lower boundary of 
Roaring River State Park to Table 
Rock Lake— 4 miles 


Barry 


Rainbows: 

none 

Browns: 

at least 1 5" 


4 


All 


Roubidoux Creek 12 ^C^}<] 
Upstream of the elevated utility 
cable crossing approximately Vz 
mile below Business 1-44 bridge 
in Waynesville — 0.9 miles 


Pulaski 


Rainbows: 

none 

Browns: 

at least 1 5" 


4 


All 


Roubidoux Creek 12 <tf£f4 

Downstream of the elevated 
utility cable crossing about 0.5 
mile below Business 1-44 bridge 
in Waynesville to its junction with 
the Gasconade River— 2.2 miles 


Pulaski 


At least 15" 


2 


Artificial 

lures and 

flies 


Spring Creek 12 <^^f4 

Relfe Spring to its junction with 
Big Piney River — 6.2 miles 


Phelps 


At least 18" 


1 


Artificial 

lures and 

flies 


Stone Mill Spring 12 ^^}<j 
Entire spring branch— 0.3 mile 


Pulaski 


Rainbows: 

none 

Browns: 

at least 1 5" 


4 (from 
March 

1 — 
Oct. 31) 


All (from 

March 1 — 

Oct. 31) 




Catch and 
release 


(from 
Nov. 1 — 
Feb. 28) 


Artificial 

lures and 

flies (from 

Nov. 1— Feb. 

28 or as 

posted) 



1 The use of porous-soled waders is prohibited. See Page 16. 

2 While on any waters with length limits, all trout you possess must be kept with head, tail and skin intact. 

Discover New Fishing Spots Online 

To find conservation areas to explore or float a bobber at, visit mdc.mo.gov/atlas. 
Find out what to expect at more than 100 fishing areas based on the results of 
fish population monitoring at mdc.mo.gov/fish/prospects, or get a printed copy 
of the annual report by sending an email to pubstaff@mdc.mo.gov or by writing 
to "Fishing Prospects," Missouri Department of Conservation, P.O. Box 180, 
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0180. 

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Reciprocal Fishing Privileges 



Fishing privileges on boundary waters common to Missouri and an adjoining 
state are mutually agreed upon by the two states. It is your responsibility to know 
which state you are fishing in and the regulations that apply to the waters that 
you are fishing. You must be licensed in Missouri to fish in Missouri tributaries of 
the Mississippi, Missouri and St. Francis rivers. You may not fish in the tributaries 
of these rivers in a state where you are not licensed. 



Properly licensed or exempted 
anglers from Missouri: 


Missouri 

River 

(Kansas, 

Nebraska) 


Mississippi 

River 

(Illinois, 

Kentucky*, 

Tennessee) 


St. Francis 

River 
(Arkansas) 


Des Moines 
River 

(Iowa) 


May fish in the flowing 
waters of either state. 


*> 


^ 


^ 


v 


May fish in either state's 
adjacent backwaters and 
shared oxbow lakes 


^ 


i>* 




f 


May fish from the bank or 
attach to the bank of either 
state. 


^ 


i>* 






Must abide by the regulations 
of the state in which you are 
fishing, regardless of where 
you are licensed. 


^ 


w 




)S 


Must abide by the regulations 
of the state where you are 
licensed, regardless of where 
you are fishing. 






^ 




Must abide by the most 
restrictive of the two states' 
regulations when fishing the 
other state's waters. 


^ 


^ 




)S 



*For the purposes of these reciprocal fishing privileges with Kentucky, the Mississippi River is defined 
as the main channel and immediate side or secondary channels or chutes. It does not include oxbow 
or floodplain lakes, or backwaters that extend onto thefloodplain or up tributaries when the river 
level exceeds 33 feet at the Cairo, Illinois, gauging station. 

For more information on adjacent states' regulations and permits, contact: 

• Arkansas Game and Fish Commission: 800-364-4263 

• Illinois Department of Natural Resources: 217-782-6302 

• Iowa Department of Natural Resources: 515-281-5918 

• Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks: 620-672-5911 

• Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources: 800-858-1549 

• Nebraska Game and Parks Commission: 402-471-0641 

• Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency: 615-781-6500 



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Do you know the fishes of Missouri? 



White crappie 



5 or 6 dorsal fin spines 
(Black crappie have 7 
or 8 dorsal fin spines) 



distinct ear flap 

without border 

Bluegill /or orange spot 




markings 
usually in bars 



/ 




^distinct blotch 



Longear sunfish 



very 
small 
mouth 



long, pointed fin 



Goggle-eye 
(Rock bass) 




usually no 
dark blotch 



long, dark V \ 

ear flap rounded fin 



Green sunfish H"*" 



tail fin mottled 



Channel catfish 



tail fin forked 




tail fin solid 




rounded fin 



catfish 



upper jaw extends I Flathead 

beyond lower jaw anal fin margin rounded 

with 24-29 rays 



lower jaw extends 

beyond upper jaw 



upper fin lighter 
than remainder of fin 




Joseph R. Tomelleri illustrations 



It is important to correctly identify the fish you catch so you can abide by the 
seasons, daily limits, length limits and other regulations. 



Largemouth bass 



White bass 



smooth 
tongue 



two fins not well 
connected 



horizontal stripes 




dark horizontal stripe 



upper jaw extends 
beyond back of eye 



scales on cheek are 
same size as on body 




teeth on back of tongue deep body is more than 
in a single patch 1 /3 total body length 

seldom exceeds 3 pounds 



Smallmouth bass 

upper jaw does 
not extend beyond 
back of eye 



two fins connected 



Striped bass 



horizontal stripes 



I. 



/ 




very small 
cheek scales 



side plain with a series of 
separate vertical bars 



Spotted bass twofinsconnected 

rough patch | 

on tongue 

\ 

upper 
jaw does 
not reach 
back of 

eye 

very small 

cheek scales 



dark horizontal stripe, lower 
side with series of dark 
horizontal streaks 



Blue catfish 



tail fin forked 




upper jaw extends anal fin margin 

beyond lower jaw straight with 30-35 

rays 




teeth on back of tongue 
in two parallel patches 



slender body is less than 
1/3 the total body length 



commonly reaches 20 pounds 



White bass-striped bass hybrid 




deep body is 
more than 1/3 
total body length 



horizontal stripes broken 
seldom exceeds 20 pounds 



Black bullhead 



barbels 



tail fin square 




spines on front of fin dark/ not mott|ed 



When in doubt about the identity or legal length, play it safe and return the fish to 
the water unharmed immediately. 



Rainbow trout 




usually pink streak 



•i *^ 



tail spotted, 
definitely forked 



Walleye 



side usually 
has orange 



Brown trout 




abdomen usually yellow 



fins not connected 




dark blotch 



tail slightly forked and 
with dark spots faint or 
absent 



Northern hog sucker 



Muskellunge 



long and slender 



mouth at tip 
of snout 
on bottom 



prominent cross bars 




-tail 
forked 



slender-bodied 




vertical bars and some spots 



Common carp 



fin forked at front 




Joseph R. Tomelleri illustrations 



barbels on 
each side 



deep-bodied 



It is important to correctly identify the fish you catch so you can abide by the 
seasons, daily limits, length limits and other regulations. 



Shovelnose sturgeon 




bases of barbels form a 
straight line (see Page 26) 



Pallid sturgeon 



long slender filament 
if not broken off 



Shovelnose sturgeon and endangered 
pallid sturgeon are similar. See 
dentification tips on Page 26. 



bases of barbels form a 
crescent (see Page 26) 



% skin-like 
scaleless belly 



Lake sturgeon 



Endangered species: 
If caught, return 
unharmed to water 
immediately. 




barbels not 
fringed 



Bighead carp 



only 2 lobes 
on lower lip 



often has irregular 
splotches on body 



Silver carp 

no dark splotches 



/ 

large 

head 

with 

turned 

up 

mouth 




eye far 

forward keel extends 

and turned to base of 

downward pelvic fins 



keel extending forward to 
base of pectoral fins 

Non-native species: May not be used as live 
bait but may be used as dead or cut bait. 



scales appear 

to be crosshatched 



Grass carp 




When in doubt about the identity or legal length, play it safe and return the fish to 
the water unharmed immediately. 



How to Identify Sturgeon 



There are three species of sturgeon in Missouri. The pallid and lake sturgeon are 
endangered and need to be protected. Use the information listed below to learn 
the key differences so you can always return pallid and lake sturgeon unharmed 
to the water immediately. 



Endangered lake sturgeon 

■ Sides and back range from 
dark slate to light brown or 
yellowish-olive; white belly 

■ Found throughout Missouri 
and Mississippi rivers 

■ May reach 8 feet in length 
and more than 300 pounds 



Endangered pallid sturgeon 

■ Grayish-white color 

■ Found in the Missouri 
River and in the Mississippi 
downstream from the 
mouth of the Illinois River 

■ May exceed 30 inches 
in length and reach 10 
pounds or more 



Barbels near mouth are 
smooth, not fringed 




Short, round 
snout 



Lips with two lobes 



Bases of barbels form a crescent; 
inner two barbels are short and thin 



Length of A less than B 



s 
1 




Belly without scale-like plates 



Shovelnose sturgeon 

■ Reddish-brown or buff color. 
See illustration on Page 25. 

■ Found throughout Missouri 
and Mississippi rivers 

■ Rarely exceeds 30 inches in 
length or 5 pounds 



Length of A similar to B 
-B A- 



Belly with scale-like plates 




Bases of barbels in a straight line; 
inner two barbels are long and thick 



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How to Measure a Fish (Total Length) 




Total length is measured from the tip of the snout to the end of the tail, with the 
fish laid flat on a ruler, the mouth closed and the tail lobes pressed together. 



How to Measure a Paddlefish 




Paddlefish are measured from the eye to the fork of the tail. 



How to Measure a Shovelnose Sturgeon 




Sturgeon are measured from the tip of the snout to the fork of the tail. Only 
shovelnose sturgeon are legal to keep. See pages 25 and 26 for identification 
tips. ^^^^ 



,<?*&% 



Your purchase of hunting and fishing equipment 
and motorboat fuels supports wildlife and sport 
fish restoration and boating access facilities. 

27 






Special Area Regulations 



Most public fishing areas have methods, seasons, limits or other fishing 
regulations that are different than the statewide rules. These special regulations 
are posted at the areas and also can be found at mdc.mo.gov/atlas. It is your 
responsibility to know what regulations apply to the waters you are fishing. 
Please refer to area brochures, signs and bulletin boards before fishing these 
waters. 

Special regulations on large reservoirs, rivers, streams and trout areas are 
summarized below. Special regulations also apply to the tributaries of some large 
reservoirs. These rules are listed under the name of the lake or stream. Statewide 
regulations apply unless otherwise indicated below. 



Large Reservoirs . 



Blue Springs Lake 

■ Pole and line fishing only, except that shad may be taken by dip net or throw net. 

■ Black bass — 15" minimum length limit 

Bull Shoals Lake 

Lakewide: 

■ Black bass— 15" minimum length limit on largemouth and smallmouth bass; 
12" minimum length limit on spotted bass 

■ Catfish (channel, blue and flathead)— 10 fish daily limit, combined total of these 
three species 

■ Crappie— 10" minimum length limit; 15 fish daily limit 

On the lake and its tributaries: 

■ Walleye and sauger— 18" minimum length limit 

In the Swan Creek Arm above U.S. Highway 160: 

■ From Feb. 20 through April 14, walleye and sauger may be taken and 
possessed only between Vi hour before sunrise to Vi hour after sunset. 

From Powersite Dam to Highway 76: 

■ Trotlines, throwlines and limb lines are prohibited. 

Lake of theOzarks 

Lakewide: 

■ Black bass— 15" minimum length limit on largemouth and smallmouth bass; 
12" minimum length limit on spotted bass 

■ Crappie— 9" minimum length limit; 15 fish daily limit 

■ Nongame fish— Snagging, snaring and grabbing are allowed from March 15 
through April 30 only. 

On the lake and its tributaries: 

■ Paddlefish — 34" minimum body length, measured from eye to fork of tail 

■ No person shall continue to snag, snare or grab for any species after taking a 
daily limit of 2 paddlefish. 

Within 525 feet on the left descending bank and 977 feet on the right 
descending bank below Truman Dam in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' 
restricted zone: 

■ No fishing is allowed. 

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From the downstream end of the no-fishing zone below Truman Dam 
throughout the no-boating zone (look for signs and buoys): 

■ Catfish— The daily limit of channel, blue and flathead catfish is 4, combined 
total of these three species, and only 1 may be more than 24" in total length. 

■ Paddlefish may not be possessed. 

From the downstream end of the no-fishing zone below Truman Dam to U.S. 
Highway 65: 

■ Trotlines, throwlines, limb lines, jug lines, snagging, snaring and grabbing are 
prohibited. 

LakeTaneycomo 

On the lake and its tributaries: 

■ Brown trout — 20" minimum length limit; the daily limit of 4 trout, combined 
total of both species, may include only 1 brown trout. 

■ The use of porous-soled waders is prohibited. See Page 16. 

Within 760 feet below Table Rock Dam: 

■ No fishing is allowed. 

From the closed zone 760 feet below Table Rock Dam to the mouth of Fall Creek: 

■ Rainbow trout— 12" to 20" slot length limit 

■ Pole and line fishing only 

■ Only flies and artificial lures may be used, and soft plastic baits and natural and 
scented baits are prohibited when fishing for any species. 

From the closed zone 760 feet below Table Rock Dam to U.S. Highway 65 
bridge: 

■ Fishing permit (unless exempt) and a trout permit are required to fish for any 
species. 

Long Branch Lake 

■ Black bass— 15" minimum length limit 

■ Hybrid striped bass— 20" minimum length limit; daily limit of 4 

■ Crappie— 15 fish daily limit 

■ Walleye and sauger— 18" minimum length limit 

Longview Lake 

■ Pole and line fishing only, except that shad may be taken by dip net or throw 
net. 

■ Black bass — 15" minimum length limit 



Become a Master Angler 



The Conservation Department recognizes anglers who catch 
selected fish species that meet minimum weight or length 
requirements. To be eligible for a Master Angler award, 
anglers must catch fish in Missouri by legal sport-fishing 
methods. The catch does not need to be verified. Anglers 
are on their honor to provide accurate information. 

To apply, visit mdc.mo.gov/fish/records; write to Master Angler, 
P.O. Box 180, Jefferson City MO 65102-0180; or call 573-751-4115. 



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Mark Twain Lake 

■ Black bass — 15" minimum length limit 

■ Crappie— 15 fish daily limit 

Montrose Lake 

■ Black bass — 18" minimum length limit; 2 fish daily limit 

■ Crappie— 15 fish daily limit 

Norfork Lake 

Lakewide: 

■ Black bass— 15" minimum length limit on largemouth and smallmouth bass; 
12" minimum length limit on spotted bass 

■ Catfish (channel, blue and flathead)— Daily limit of 10 fish, combined total of 
these species 

■ Crappie— 10" minimum length limit; 15 fish daily limit 

On the lake and its tributaries: 

■ Walleye and sauger — 18" minimum length limit 

Pomme de Terre Lake 

■ Black bass — 13" minimum length limit 

■ Crappie — 9" minimum length limit; 15 fish daily limit 

Smithville Lake 

■ Black bass — 15" minimum length limit 

■ Crappie— 9" minimum length limit; 15 fish daily limit 




Help Stop Zebra Mussels 

Zebra mussels have been found in several lakes and 
rivers in Missouri. Although less than 2 inches long, 
these exotics: 

■ Disrupt native aquatic animals and communities. 

■ Clog the cooling systems of boat motors causing them to overheat. 

■ Plug intake pipes, cutting off water supplies to cities and power plants. 

■ Ruin beaches with their sharp shells and rotting carcasses. 

■ Spread quickly— a single female can produce 1 million eggs a year. 

When moving from one water body to another: 
Clean, Drain, Dry and Dispose! 

■ Clean all plants, animals and mud from your boat, putting plants and 
other debris in the trash. Thoroughly wash your boat and gear in hot 
water, especially crevices and other hidden areas. 

■ Drain all water from your boat before leaving the area, including wells, 
ballast and engine cooling water. 

■ Dry your boat completely before launching it in other waters. 

■ Dispose of unused bait in a trash can. 

Report sightings to Invasive Species Coordinator, P.O. Box 180, Jefferson City, 
MO 65102-0180, or call 573-522-4115, ext. 3371. Save several mussel shells for 
identification by placing them in rubbing alcohol or by freezing them. 



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Stockton Lake 

■ Black bass — 15" minimum length limit 

■ Crappie— 10" minimum length limit; 15 fish daily limit 

Table Rock Lake 

Lakewide: 

■ Black bass— 15" minimum length limit 

■ Catfish (channel, blue and flathead)— Daily limit of 10 fish, combined total of 
these species 

■ Crappie — 10" minimum length limit; 15 fish daily limit 

■ Walleye and sauger— 18" minimum length limit 

On the lake and its tributaries: 

■ Paddlefish — 34" minimum body length, measured from eye to fork of tail 

Thomas Hill Lake 

■ Black bass— 15" minimum length limit 

■ Crappie— 15 fish daily limit 

■ Hybrid striped bass— 20" minimum length limit; daily limit of 4 

Truman Lake 

Lakewide: 

■ Black bass — 15" minimum length limit 

■ Crappie— 9" minimum length limit; 15 fish daily limit 

■ Nongame fish — Snagging, snaring and grabbing are allowed from March 15 
through April 30 only. 

On the lake and its tributaries: 

■ Paddlefish— 34" minimum body length, measured from eye to fork of tail 

■ No person shall continue to snag, snare or grab for any species after taking a 
daily limit of 2 paddlefish. 

Wappapello Lake 

Lakewide: 

■ Crappie — 9" minimum length limit 

On the lake and its tributaries including the St. Francis River and its tributaries 
above Wappapello Dam 

■ Walleye and sauger— 18" minimum length limit 



Rivers and Streams 



Barren Fork Creek 

In Shannon County 

■ The use of porous-soled waders is prohibited. See Page 16. 

In Shannon County from County Road A-D to Sinking Creek: 

<9B>4 Blue Ribbon Trout Area— See Page 1 8 for special regulations. 

■ Only flies and artificial lures may be used, and soft plastic baits and natural and 
scented baits are prohibited when fishing for any species. 

■ Gigging, bowfishing and using an atlatl are prohibited, and fish taken by these 
methods may not be possessed on these waters or their banks. 



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Big Piney River 

From Highway 17 to the Gasconade River: 

■ Goggle-eye — 8" minimum length limit 

From Slabtown Access to Ross Access: 

■ Smallmouth bass— 15" minimum length limit. The daily 
may include only 1 smallmouth bass. 



imit of 6 black bass 



Big River 

Mainstem and its tributaries, except as noted below: 

■ Black bass— The daily and possession limit is 1 2 fish and may include no more 
than 6 largemouth bass and smallmouth bass, combined total of both species. 

■ Spotted bass— No minimum length limit. 

From Leadwood Access to the Meramec River: 

■ Smallmouth bass— 15" minimum length limit. The daily and possession 
limit of 1 2 black bass, which may include no more than 6 largemouth bass 
and smallmouth bass, combined total of both species, may include only 1 
smallmouth bass. 

Black River 

Within the wing walls of Clearwater Dam: 

■ No fishing is allowed. 

Within 700 feet below the spillway walls of Clearwater Dam: 

■ Trotlines, throwlines, limb lines, bowfishing, gigging and atlatls are prohibited. 

Blue Springs Creek 

■ Black bass— The daily and possession limit is 1 2 fish and may include no more 
than 6 largemouth bass and smallmouth bass, combined total of both species. 

■ Spotted bass— No minimum length limit. 

In Crawford County 

■ The use of porous-soled waders is prohibited. See Page 16. 

In Crawford County from Blue Springs to the Meramec River: 

<^pB^ Blue Ribbon Trout Area— See Page 1 8 for special regulations. 

■ Only flies and artificial lures may be used, and soft plastic baits and natural and 
scented baits are prohibited when fishing for any species. 

■ Gigging, bowfishing and using an atlatl are prohibited, and fish taken by these 
methods may not be possessed on these waters or their banks. 

Bourbeuse River 

Mainstem and its tributaries: 

■ Black bass— The daily and possession limit is 1 2 fish and may include no more 
than 6 largemouth bass and smallmouth bass, combined total of both species. 

■ Spotted bass — No minimum length limit 



Many lakes in Missouri have docks that provide easy 
access to good fishing. For a list of disabled-accessible 
fishing spots and other facilities around the state, 
visit mdc.mo.gov/node/15283. 



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Courtois Creek 

Mainstem and its tributaries: 

■ Black bass— The daily and possession limit is 1 2 fish and may include no more 
than 6 largemouth bass and smallmouth bass, combined total of both species. 

■ Spotted bass— No minimum length limit 

From Highway 8 bridge in Crawford County to Huzzah Creek: 

■ Goggle-eye — 8" minimum length limit 

Crane Creek 

In Stone and Lawrence counties: 

■ The use of porous-soled waders is prohibited. See Page 16. 

In Stone and Lawrence counties upstream from Quail Spur Crossing on Stone 
C ount y Road 13-195: 

<^Bp4 Blue Ribbon Trout Area— See Page 1 8 for special regulations. 

■ Only flies and artificial lures may be used, and soft plastic baits and natural and 
scented baits are prohibited when fishing for any species. 

■ Gigging, bowfishing and using an atlatl are prohibited, and fish taken by these 
methods may not be possessed on these waters or their banks. 

Current River 

Mainstem and its tributaries: 

■ Walleye and sauger — 18" minimum length limit 

In Dent, Texas and Shannon counties: 

■ The use of porous-soled waders is prohibited. See Page 16. 

From Montauk State Park to Cedar Grove: 

<^Bp^ Blue Ribbon Trout Area— See Page 1 8 for special regulations. 

■ Only flies and artificial lures may be used, and soft plastic baits and natural and 
scented baits are prohibited when fishing for any species. 

■ Gigging, bowfishing and using an atlatl are prohibited, and fish taken by these 
methods may not be possessed on these waters or their banks. 

From Cedar Grove to the Arkansas line: 

■ Nongame fish — The daily limit may include no more than 5 hogsuckers. 



Stop Fish and Wildlife Thieves and Arsonists 

Operation Game Thief and Operation Forest Arson are 
privately funded programs to help combat poaching and 
arson-caused forest fires in Missouri. Rewards are available 
for information leading to the arrest of game-law violators 
and forest arsonists. 

If you see a possible violation in progress, call your 
county conservation agent immediately or dial toll free 
1-800-392-1111. All information is kept in strict confidence. 

Sponsored by the Conservation Federation of Missouri, the 
Missouri Department of Conservation and the U.S. Forest 
Service. 



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FOREST ARSON 




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Dry Fork Creek 

Mainstem and its tributaries: 

■ Black bass— The daily and possession limit is 1 2 fish and may include no more 
than 6 largemouth bass and smallmouth bass, combined total of both species. 

■ Spotted bass— No minimum length limit. 

In Crawford and Phelps counties: 

■ The use of porous-soled waders is prohibited. See Page 16. 

In Crawford and Phelps counties from the elevated cable crossing to the 
Meramec River: 

CT^j Part of the Meramec River Red Ribbon Trout Area— See Page 1 9 for 
special regulations. 

■ Only flies and artificial lures may be used, and soft plastic baits and natural and 
scented baits are prohibited when fishing for any species. 

In Phelps and Dent counties, upstream from the elevated cable crossing: 

■ Trout — 15" minimum length limit; daily limit 2. 

Eleven Point River 

Mainstem and its tributaries: 

■ Walleye and sauger — 18" minimum length limit 

In Oregon County: 

■ The use of porous-soled waders is prohibited. See Page 16. 

From Thomasville Access to the Arkansas line: 

■ Goggle-eye— 8" minimum length limit. 

■ Smallmouth bass— 15" minimum length limit. The daily limit of 6 black bass 
may include only 1 smallmouth bass. 

From Greer Spring Branch to Turner Mill: 

<^Bp^ Blue Ribbon Trout Area— See Page 1 8 for special regulations. 

■ Only flies and artificial lures may be used, and soft plastic baits and natural and 
scented baits are prohibited when fishing for any species. 

■ Gigging, bowfishing and using an atlatl are prohibited, and fish taken by these 
methods may not be possessed on these waters or their banks. 

Elk River 

■ Black bass— 15" minimum length limit; 2 fish daily limit 

Gasconade River 

From Highway Y in Pulaski County to Highway D in Phelps County: 

■ Smallmouth bass— 18" minimum length limit. The daily limit of 6 black bass 
may include only 1 smallmouth bass. 

Greer Spring Branch 

As posted upstream from the south boundary of the private reservation: 

■ No fishing is allowed. 



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Hickory Creek 

Mainstem and its tributaries 



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r^u^ 



White Ribbon Trout Area— See Page 1 8 for special regulations. 



Only flies and artificial lures may be used, and soft plastic baits and natural and 
scented baits are prohibited when fishing for any species from Nov. 1 through 
Feb. 28. 

■ The use of porous-soled waders is prohibited. See Page 16. 

Huzzah Creek 

Mainstem and its tributaries: 

■ Black bass— The daily and possession limit is 1 2 fish and may include no more 
than 6 largemouth bass and smallmouth bass, combined total of both species. 

■ Spotted bass — No minimum length limit 

From Willhite Road in Crawford County to the Meramec River: 

■ Goggle-eye — 8" minimum length limit 

Jacks Fork River 

From Highway 17 to Highway 106: 

■ Smallmouth bass— 18" minimum length limit. The daily limit of 6 black bass 
may include only 1 smallmouth bass. 

James River 

From Hooten Town bridge (the Loop Road at Route O) to the Highway 41 3/ 
Highway 265 bridge at Galena: 

■ Largemouth bass— 15" minimum length limit 

■ Smallmouth bass— 15" minimum length limit. The daily limit of 6 black bass 
may include only 1 smallmouth bass. 

Joachim Creek 

From Jefferson County Highway V bridge to Highway A bridge: 

■ Smallmouth bass— 15" minimum length limit. The daily limit of 6 black bass 
may include only 1 smallmouth bass. 

Little Piney Creek 

In Phelps County: 

■ The use of porous-soled waders is prohibited. See Page 16. 

From the Phelps County line in sections 9 and 16 of T35N, R8W, including 
Pinev Spring Branch and Lane Spring Branch to Milldam Hollow Access: 

<^Bp4 Blue Ribbon Trout Area— See Page 1 9 for special regulations. 

■ Only flies and artificial lures may be used, and soft plastic baits and natural and 
scented baits are prohibited when fishing for any species. 

■ Gigging, bowfishing and using an atlatl are prohibited, and fish taken by these 
methods may not be possessed on these waters or their banks. 

Little Platte River 

Between Smithville Dam and U.S. Highway 169: 

■ Pole and line fishing only 

■ Paddlefish may not be possessed on the water or adjacent banks. 



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Meramec River 

Mainstem and its tributaries, except as noted below: 

■ Black bass— Daily and possession limit is 1 2 fish and may include no more 
than 6 largemouth bass and smallmouth bass, combined total of both species. 

■ Spotted bass— No minimum length limit 

In Crawford and Phelps counties: 

■ The use of porous-soled waders is prohibited. See Page 16. 

From Highway 8 bridge to Scotts Ford: 

<^Bp4 Red Ribbon Trout Area— See Page 1 9 for special regulations. 

■ Only flies and artificial lures may be used, and soft plastic baits and natural and 
scented baits are prohibited when fishing for any species. 

From Scotts Ford to the railroad crossing at Bird's Nest: 

■ Smallmouth bass— 15" minimum length limit. Daily and possession limit 
of 1 2 black bass, which may include no more than 6 largemouth bass 
and smallmouth bass, combined total of both species, may include only 1 
smallmouth bass. 

From Highway 19 bridge in Dent County to Pacific Palisades Conservation 
Area: 

■ Goggle-eye— 8" minimum length limit 

Mill Creek 

In Phelps County: 

■ The use of porous-soled waders is prohibited. See Page 16. 

From Yelton Spring to Little Piney Creek, including Wilkins Spring and spring 
branch: 

<^Bp4 Blue Ribbon Trout Area— See Page 1 9 for special regulations. 

■ Only flies and artificial lures may be used, and soft plastic baits and natural and 
scented baits are prohibited when fishing for any species. 

■ Gigging, bowfishing and using an atlatl are prohibited, and fish taken by these 
methods may not be possessed on these waters or their banks. 

Mineral Fork 

Mainstem and its tributaries, except as noted below: 

■ Black bass— The daily and possession limit is 1 2 fish and may include no more 
than 6 largemouth bass and smallmouth bass, combined total of both species. 

■ Spotted bass — No minimum length limit. 



Showcase Your First Catch 

The First Fish Award commemorates that 
special moment in each angler's life, the 
landing of the first fish. The award certificate 
is available to any first-time angler regardless 
of age. There is no time limit on when the 
fish was caught; so whether your first fish 
was caught last week or 50 years ago, print 
your own certificate at mdc.mo.gov/node/10474 



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From Highway F in Washington County to the Big River: 

■ Smallmouth bass— 15" minimum length limit. Daily and possession limit of 12 
black bass, which may include no more than 6 largemouth bass and smallmouth 
bass, combined total of both species, may include only 1 smallmouth bass 

Mississippi River, including pools 20-26 

■ Black bass— 12" minimum length limit 

■ Channel catfish and blue catfish— The daily and possession limit is 20, 
combined total of these species. 

■ Flathead catfish— The daily and possession limit is 10 fish. 

■ Paddlefish— The open season is March 1 5 through May 1 5 and Sept. 1 5 through 
Dec. 15. 

■ Walleye and sauger — No minimum length limit. The daily and possession limit 
is 8, combined total of both species. No seasonal restrictions on the hours for 
take and possession. 

■ White bass, yellow bass, striped bass and their hybrids— No minimum length 
limit. The daily and possession limit is 30, combined total of these species. 

■ Nongame fish— The daily and possession limit is 100, combined total of these 
species, except that bighead carp, common carp, goldfish, grass carp and 
silver carp may be taken and possessed in any number. Snagging, snaring 
and grabbing are allowed from March 1 5 through May 1 5 and from Sept. 1 5 
through Dec. 15. 

■ Nongame fish may be taken by bow and possessed at any hour of the day in 
all flowing portions, except in Sand Chute below the mouth of the Salt River in 
Pike County where they may only be taken by bow from sunrise to midnight. 

■ Limit of 2 poles per licensed angler 

■ Limit of 50 hooks on a trotline 

Temporary overflow waters east of the Missouri Pacific Railroad between Cape 
Girardeau and Scott City 

■ Nongame fish may be taken by bow and possessed at any hour of the day. 

Temporary overflow waters east of the mainline and setback levees between 
Commerce and the Arkansas state line 

■ Nongame fish may be taken by bow and possessed at any hour of the day. 

Missouri River 

■ Walleye and sauger— No seasonal restrictions on the hours for take and 
possession. 

■ Nongame fish may be taken by bow and possessed at any hour of the day in all 
flowing portions. 

Downstream from Carl R. Noren Access to Chamois Access 

■ All shovelnose sturgeon must be returned to the water immediately after being 
caught. 

Niangua River 

In Dallas and Laclede counties: 

■ The use of porous-soled waders is prohibited. See Page 16. 



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North Fork of the White River 

In Ozark County: 

■ The use of porous-soled waders is prohibited. See Page 16. 

From the upper outlet of Rainbow Spring to Patrick Bridge: 

<^BB^ Blue Ribbon Trout Area— See Page 1 9 for special regulations. 

■ Only flies and artificial lures may be used, and soft plastic baits and natural and 
scented baits are prohibited when fishing for any species. 

■ Gigging, bowfishing and using an atlatl are prohibited, and fish taken by these 
methods may not be possessed on these waters or their banks. 

The unimpounded portion of river and its tributaries in Ozark County from 
Patrick Bridge to Norfork Lake: 

Red Ribbon Trout Area— See Page 20 for special regulations. 



Osage River 

Within 225 feet below Bagnell Dam: 

■ No fishing is allowed, except live bait may be taken by dip net and throw net 
only. 

From the no-fishing zone below Bagnell Dam to U.S. Highway 54: 

■ Trotlines, throwlines, limb lines, snagging, snaring and grabbing are prohibited. 

From U.S. Highway 54 to the Missouri River: 

■ Nongame fish— Snagging, snaring and grabbing are allowed from March 15 
through April 30 only. 

■ No person shall continue to snag, snare or grab for any species after taking a 
daily limit of 2 paddlefish 

Osage Fork of the Gasconade River 

From Skyline Drive bridge near Orla in Laclede County to the Gasconade River: 

■ Goggle-eye — 8 "minimum length limit. 

■ Smallmouth bass— 15" minimum length limit. The daily limit of 6 black bass 
may include only 1 smallmouth bass. 



Catch on to Catch-and-Release Fishing 

Often, fishing is for pleasure rather than food. Catch and release, or 
releasing fish immediately after they are caught, is a conservation measure 
that helps maintain a fishery for the future. Follow these guidelines to 
increase the chances of a fish's survival: 

■ Whenever possible, do not take the fish out of the water. 

■ Filing the barbs off hooks makes removal easier. 

■ Never pull a hook from the fish's throat or stomach; it is better to cut the 
line. Many hooks will rust away. 

■ Avoid excessive handling of fish. 

■ If handling is necessary, make certain not to squeeze or drop the fish. 

■ Never put your fingers in the gills or eye sockets. 

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Roaring River 

In Barry County: 

■ The use of porous-soled waders is prohibited. See Page 16. 

Roubidoux Creek 

In Pulaski County: 

■ The use of porous-soled waders is prohibited. See Page 16. 

From the elevated utility cable crossing approximately 1/2 mile below the 
Business 1-44 bridge in Waynesville to the Gasconade River: 

<^Bp4 Red Ribbon Trout Area— See Page 20 for special regulations. 

■ Only flies and artificial lures may be used, and soft plastic baits and natural and 
scented baits are prohibited when fishing for any species. 

Sac River 

From below Stockton Dam to Highway 32: 

■ Pole and line fishing only 

St. Francis River 

Above Wappapello Dam, from the lake and its tributaries including the St. 
Francis River and its tributaries: 

■ Walleye and sauger— 18" minimum length limit. 

Within 225 feet below Wappapello Dam: 

■ No fishing is allowed. 

From within 700 feet below the spillway walls of Wappapello Dam: 

■ Trotlines, throwlines, limb lines, bowfishing, gigging and atlatls are prohibited. 

Within that part of the river that forms a boundary between Arkansas and 
Missouri 

■ Nongame fish may be taken by bow and possessed at any hour of the day in 
the flowing portions. 

Salt River 

On the Clarence Cannon Reregulation Pool within 400 feet below Clarence 
Cannon Dam in the no-boating zone: 

■ No fishing is allowed. 

From the downstream end of the no-fishing zone below Clarence Cannon 
Dam to the posted powerline crossing on the Clarence Cannon Reregulation 
Pool: 

■ Pole and line fishing only. 

From the Clarence Cannon Reregulation Pool below Mark Twain Lake dam: 

■ Black bass— 12" minimum length limit 

From the no-boating zone 1,1 00 feet below the Clarence Cannon Reregulation 
Pool Dam to Route A: 

■ Fishing by pole and line and bow only 



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Spring Creek 

In Phelps County: 

■ The use of porous-soled waders is prohibited. See Page 16. 

I n Phe lps County from Relfe Spring to the Big Piney River: 

<^Bp^ Blue Ribbon Trout Area— see Page 20 for special regulations. 

■ Only flies and artificial lures may be used, and soft plastic baits and natural and 
scented baits are prohibited when fishing for any species. 

■ Gigging, bowfishing and using an atlatl are prohibited, and fish taken by these 
methods may not be possessed on these waters or their banks. 

Tenmile Creek 

From Highway B in Carter County to Cane Creek: 

■ Smallmouth bass— 15" minimum length limit. The daily limit of 6 black bass 
may include only 1 smallmouth bass. 



Poachers, beware! 



Convicted wildlife violators lose hunting and fishing privileges in 36 states! 

Missouri is a member of the Interstate Wildlife Violator's Compact, an 
agreement whereby 36 participating states share information about game- 
law violators and honor each other's decisions to deny permits to perennial 
poachers. 

In the past, poachers whose hunting, fishing or trapping privileges were 
suspended in one state could drive to another state and purchase a permit. 

Now, if your permit is revoked in Missouri, you will lose privileges in 
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, 
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, 
Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North 
Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, 
Texas, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Missouri, 
in turn, will honor revocations in these same states. 



A Few Words About Culling 



Any fish you catch is included in your daily limit unless you release it 
unharmed immediately. You may not replace smaller fish in your possession 
with larger ones caught later. You need to make a keep-or-release decision 
as soon as the fish is caught. 

There is one exception: If, from September through June, you are a 
participant in a bona fide catdvand-release black bass tournament (one 
after which all bass are released alive), which requires entrants to have a 
boat livewell with adequate capacity and a pump constantly adding fresh or 
recirculating water, the black bass you release unharmed from the livewell 
need not be included in your daily limit. At no time may the daily limit be 
exceeded. 



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KHV& 




Director, 
Department of Conservation 

Robert LZiehmer 

The Conservation Commission 

Don C. Bedell 
James T. Blair, IV 
Don R.Johnson 
Becky L. Plattner 

Missouri Department of 

Conservation 

P.O. Box 180 

Jefferson City, MO 65102-0180 

573-751-4115 

mdc.mo.gov 

Equal opportunity to participate 
in and benefit from programs 
of the Missouri Department of 
Conservation is available to all 
individuals without regard to their 
race, color, national origin, sex, 
age or disability. Questions should 
be directed to the Department of 
Conservation, P.O. Box 180, Jefferson 
City, MO 65102, 573-751-4115 
(voice) or 800-735-2966 (TTY), or 
to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 
Division of Federal Assistance, 4401 
N. Fairfax Drive, Mail Stop: MBSP- 
4020, Arlington, VA 22203. 



Contact Information 




Central Region 1 

1907 Hillcrest Drive 
Columbia, MO 65201 
573-884-6861 

Kansas City Region 

12405 SERanson Road 
Lee's Summit, MO 64082 
816-622-0900 

Northeast Region 

3500 S. Baltimore 
Kirksville, MO 63501 
660-785-2420 

Northwest Region 

701 James McCarthy Drive 
St. Joseph, MO 64507 
816-271-3100 



Ozark Region 

551 Joe Jones Blvd. 
West Plains, MO 65775 
417-256-7161 

Southeast Region 

2302 County Park Drive 
Cape Girardeau, MO 
63701 
573-290-5730 

Southwest Region 

2630 N. Mayfair 
Springfield, MO 65803 
417-895-6880 

St. Louis Region 

2360 Highway D 
St. Charles, MO 63304 
636-441-4554 



Central Regional Office will be moving to a new location in 2012. 
The new address will be: 

3500 East Gans Road 
Columbia, MO 65201 



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Fish Consumption Advisory 



Fish is a good source of high-quality protein and essential nutrients that 
contribute to a healthy diet. Fish is low in cholesterol, and some types of fish 
have omega-3 fatty acids that are essential for the development of the nervous 
system and may be beneficial in reducing heart disease. However, there are 
occasions when limited or even no consumption of fish is appropriate. 

Annually, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) 
evaluates the amount of contaminants in sport-caught fish and determines 
whether or not there are any health risks associated with eating fish from 
Missouri water bodies. All fish contain some small amount of chemical 
contaminants. In most instances and for most people, the health benefits of 
eating fish outweigh the potential health risks from contaminants. 

In general, eat smaller, legal-size, younger fish because they tend to have lower 
levels of contamination than larger fish of the same species. To minimize the 
amount of contaminants in the fish you eat, fillet your fish, remove the skin and 
trim away fatty portions. The meal advice in the summarized advisory table on 
the next page is based on this preparation technique. 

Because children are particularly sensitive to some contaminants, DHSS makes 
special recommendations for pregnant women, women of childbearing age, 
nursing mothers and children under 13 years old. Other recommendations are 
for everyone. On the next page is a summarized advisory table for 2012. 

The fish advisory may be revised throughout the year. For updates and for 
the complete fish advisory, which provides further details on contaminants and 
preparation techniques to minimize contaminants, go to www.health.mo.gov/ 
living/environment/fishadvisory/index.php or contact the Missouri Department 
of Health and Senior Services, Bureau of Environmental Epidemiology, 
P.O. Box 570, Jefferson City, MO 65109-0570; 573-751-6102. 



Team Up For Streams 




Protect Missouri's valuable stream habitat by 

starting a Stream Team in your area. Becoming 

a part of this program helps you to stay updated 

on current stream issues and improve Missouri's 

aquatic resources. Among other activities, team 

members clean up trash, plant trees, stencil storm 

drains and monitor water quality. & 

For more information, contact the Missouri Department of Conservation, 
Stream Unit, P.O. Box 180, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0180. Or call 
573-522-4115, ext. 3591, or 1-800-781-1989 (voice mail). Or, go online at 
mdc.mo.gov/programs/strteam. 



MISSOURI 

STREAM 

TEAM 



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Advisory 
Population 


Location 1 — 
Contaminant 


Species 


Length 


Serving 
Advice 


Sensitive 
populations: 
Pregnant women, 
women of 
childbearingage, 
nursing mothers and 
children under the 
age 13 


All U.S. water bodies — mercury All fish all sizes 1 per week 

Because all fish have various levels of mercury, the Environmental Protection Agency recommends sensitive 
populations consume no more than 1 meal per week when no other advisory is present. 


Statewide — mercury 


Largemouth, spotted, 
smallmouth bass and 
walleye 


greater than 
12" 


1 per month 


Clearwater Lake in Reynolds 
County — mercury 


White bass 


greater than 
15" 


1 per month 


All consumers 


Mississippi and Missouri 
rivers — PCBs,chlordane, 
mercury 


Shovelnose sturgeon 
(excluding eggs) 


all sizes 


1 per month 


Sturgeon eggs 




Do not eat. 


Flathead, channel, blue 
catfish 


greater than 
17" 


1 per week 


Common carp 


greater than 
21" 


1 per week 


Blue River from Minor Park to 
the Missouri River in Jackson 
County including Indian Creek 
up to Holmes Road — PCBs, 
chlordane 


Common carp and 
channel catfish 


all sizes 


1 per month 


Turkey Creek near Hwy. P in 
Jasper County — PCBs, chlordane 


Buffalo species 


greater than 
21" 


1 per week 


Big River in St. Francois and 
Jefferson counties — lead 


Sunfish 2 , carp, redhorse 
and other suckers 


all sizes 


Do not eat. 


Flat River in St. Francois 
County from Hwy. B, 6 miles 
downstream to where it enters 
Big River — lead 


Sunfish 2 , carp, redhorse 
and other suckers 


all sizes 


Do not eat. 


Big Creek near Glover in Iron 
County — lead 


Sunfish 2 


all sizes 


Do not eat. 


Simpson Park Lake at Simpson 
Park in St. Louis County — 

mercury, chlordane, PCBs 


Buffalo species 


greater than 
16" 


1 per month 



1 If you fish at a location with warning signs posted, follow those specific local guidelines. The locations 
in this summary table do not include local warnings. 

2 Sunfish included in this advisory are bluegill, green sunfish, longear sunfish, warmouth and rock bass. 



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Definitions 

■ Atlatl: A rod or narrow board-like device used to launch, through a throwing 
motion of the arm, a dart 5 to 8 feet in length. 

■ Backwater: Any flowing or nonflowing water lying exclusively within the 
floodplain of a river and connected to that river at any water level below 
official flood stage for the portion of river where the backwater occurs. 
Backwater does not include tributary streams and ditches, but may include 
side channels, chutes, sloughs, bayous, oxbows and blew holes. 

■ Bow: A device drawn and held by hand and not fastened to a stock nor to any 
other mechanism that maintains the device in a drawn position. This definition 
includes longbows, recurve bows and compound bows. 

■ Flies, Lures and Baits: The following classes of lures are authorized for use, 
except where restricted. See pages 16-20 and 28-40. 

(A) Natural and scented baits— A natural fish food such as bait fish, crayfish, 
frogs permitted as bait, grubs, insects, larvae, worms, salmon eggs, cheese, 
corn and other food substances not containing any ingredient to stupefy, 
injure or kill fish. Does not include flies or artificial lures. Includes dough 
bait, putty or paste-type bait, any substance designed to attract fish by taste 
or smell and any fly, lure or bait containing or used with such substances. 

(B) Soft plastic bait (unscented)— Synthetic eggs, synthetic worms, synthetic 
grubs and soft plastic lures. 

(C) Artificial Lure— A lure constructed of any material excluding soft plastic 
bait and natural and scented bait defined in (A) or (B) above. 

(D) Fly— An artificial lure constructed on a single-point hook, using any 
material except soft plastic bait and natural and scented bait as defined in 
(A) or (B) above, that is tied, glued or otherwise permanently attached. 



Think you have a record? 



The Department of Conservation maintains a list of Missouri State Record 
Fish and recognizes anglers who catch them. To be eligible for an award, 
your fish must be taken legally and you must: 

■ Weigh it in the presence of Conservation Department personnel on a 
certified scale. 

■ Have your fish identification verified by a Conservation Department 
fisheries biologist. 

Record fish forms and information are available at mdc.mo.gov/fish/ 

records; by writing Missouri Department of Conservation, Fisheries 
Division, State Record Fish, P.O. Box 180, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0180; or 
by calling your nearest regional office, see Page 41 . 

Note: All Missouri State Record Fish must meet or exceed the minimum weight 
requirements for Master Angler Awards. See Page 29. 



AA 



i Days or Dates: All days and dates are inclusive. A day begins or ends at 
midnight, unless otherwise specified. 

i Endangered Fish: Lake sturgeon, pallid sturgeon, taillight shiner, Neosho 
madtom, spring cavefish, harlequin darter, goldstripe darter, cypress minnow, 
central mudminnow, crystal darter, swamp darter, Ozark cavefish, Niangua 
darter, Sabine shiner, mountain madtom, redfin darter, longnose darter, 
flathead chub, Topeka shiner. These fish may not be kept. 

i Game Fish: Goggle-eye (commonly known as Ozark bass, rock bass and 
shadow bass), warmouth, northern pike, muskellunge, tiger muskie, muskie- 
pike hybrid, chain pickerel, grass pickerel, all species of catfish except 
bullheads, all species of black bass (largemouth, smallmouth and spotted), 
paddlefish (spoonbill), all species of crappie, white bass, yellow bass and 
striped bass, trout, walleye, sauger and shovelnose sturgeon. 

i Grabbing: Snagging or attempting to snag a fish by means of a pole, line and 
hook manipulated by hand. 

i Hook: Single- or multiple-pronged hooks and ordinary artificial lures with 
attached single- or multiple-pronged hooks and dropper flies. A multiple- 
pronged hook, or 2 or more hooks used to hold a single bait are considered a 
single hook. 

i Lessee: Any Missouri resident who lives on and leases at least 5 acres of land 
in one single tract owned by others. This also includes any member of the 
immediate household whose legal residence is the same as the lessee for at 
least the past 30 days. 

i Resident Landowner: Any Missouri resident who owns at least 5 continuous 
acres, and his or her immediate household members whose legal residence 
is the same as the landowner's for at least the past 30 days. In the case 
of corporate ownership, only registered officers of corporations meet this 
definition and they are not required to reside on the land. Persons who own 
stock in a corporation (shareholders) do not meet this definition. 

i Nongame Fish: All species other than those listed as endangered or defined as 
game fish. Nongame fish are referred to as "other fish" in the Wildlife Code. 

i Pole and Line: Fishing methods using tackle normally held in the hand, 
such as a cane pole, casting rod, spinning rod or fly rod, or ice fishing tackle 
commonly known as a tip-up, to which not more than 3 hooks with bait or 
lures are attached. Does not include snagging, snaring, grabbing, trotlines, 
juglines or other tackle normally attached in a fixed position. 

i Take or Taking: Killing, trapping, snaring, netting or capturing in any manner 
any wildlife, and also refers to pursuing, molesting, hunting, wounding; or the 
placing, setting, or use of any net, trap, device, contrivance or substance, in an 
attempt to take wildlife; and every act of assistance to every other person in 
taking or attempting to take any wildlife. 



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Ever have a lost or forgotten permit spoil your fishing plans? 
Not anymore. The Conservation Department's e-Permits 
System lets you buy online, print your permit at home, and 
have it in hand immediately. You can even reprint the 
permit if you lose or damage it. j^ 

Find out how to use and enjoy e-Permits at 

mdc.mo.gov/epermits 

Then head to your favorite fishing spot! - < 

Not comfortable with online purchases? You can 
still buy yourfishing, hunting and trapping permits 
by phone, at any MDC office or from your usual vendor.